satellite image cape fear riverStudents seeking admission to the graduate program in geoscience must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution based on a four-year program, have a strong overall academic record with a “B” average on the basic courses prerequisite to geoscience, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. We accept students to our program who hold bachelor’s degrees in any of the biological, earth, physical, or mathematical sciences. All students must have completed two semesters each of chemistry, physics, and calculus and have working knowledge of physical and historical geology. Upon entrance into the master’s program, the student’s advisor may identify deficiencies and recommend remedies. All deficiencies must be removed before a student is accepted as a candidate for the degree.

Applicants seeking admission to the thesis option of the master's program in geoscience should contact a faculty member(s) about potential research projects.  This is a very important first step, because to be accepted into the program, an applicant must be sponsored by a faculty member. Applicants are required to submit the following to the UNCW Graduate School:

1. An application for graduate admission; including the geoscience statement of interest.

2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).

3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (verbal, quantitative, analytical). The Geology subject GRE is not required.

4. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields.

5. $60 application fee.

To receive full consideration for a teaching assistantship, applications should be received by April 15 (midnight EST) for the fall semester and October 15 (midnight EST) for the spring semester.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials have been received by the Graduate School.  Keep in mind that it can take up to four weeks post-exam date for GRE scores to be received by an institution.  Applicants are encouraged to verify the status of his/her application by contacting the Graduate School at

General information regarding admission requirements, tuition and fees for graduate programs at UNCW can be found at the Graduate School. The graduate application FAQ page may also be helpful.


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